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Three Sisters (1970)

G | | Drama | 2 March 1973 (Finland)
Olga, Masha, and Irina Prozoroff lead lonely and purposeless lives following the death of their father who has commanded the local army post. Olga attempts to find satisfaction in teaching ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Watts ...
Olga
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Masha
Louise Purnell ...
Irina
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Andrei
Sheila Reid ...
Natasha
Kenneth MacKintosh ...
Kulighin
Daphne Heard ...
Anfissa the nana
Harry Lomax ...
Ferrapont the watchman
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Serving maid
Mary Griffiths ...
Housemaid
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Baron Tusenbach
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Dr. Ivan Chebutikin
Frank Wylie ...
Maj. Vassili Vassilich Solloni
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Col. Vershinin
Richard Kay ...
Lt. Fedotik
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Olga, Masha, and Irina Prozoroff lead lonely and purposeless lives following the death of their father who has commanded the local army post. Olga attempts to find satisfaction in teaching but secretly longs for a home and family. Masha, unhappy with her marriage to a timid schoolmaster, falls hopelessly in love with a married colonel. Irina works in the local telegraph office but longs for gaiety. Their sense of futility is increased by their brother's marriage to Natasha, a coarse peasant girl. She gradually encroaches on the family home until even the private refuge of the sisters is destroyed. They dream of starting a new life in Moscow but are saddled with the practicalities of their quiet existence. Despite their past failures, they resolve to seek some purpose and hope when the army post is withdrawn from the town. Written by alfiehitchie

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For decades, confusion existed as to the possible existence of a soundtrack album from Three Sisters (1974), as this film was listed in the press rollout as one of seven titles in the American Film Theatre series that Caedmon Records would be releasing as box-set soundtrack albums. The Caedmon project got as far as The Iceman Cometh (1973), A Delicate Balance (1973), The Homecoming (1973), Rhinoceros (1974), Luther (1974) and Butley (1974). Three Sisters was never released, for two reasons: First, the AFT series began to falter, and record sales for the first six albums proved to be equally lukewarm, which led Caedmon to cancel its plans to produce any further box sets. Secondly, the sound recording of Three Sisters - produced independently in 1970 and grandfathered into the AFT series - was substandard. See more »

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Sonata No.8 (Pathetique)
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Superb cast, production; lousy sound
24 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

A fine, sensitive filming of a fine stage production of Chekhov's masterpiece THE THREE SISTERS. A few of the actors are a bit too broad and stagey (especially the oldest sister, the schoolteacher), reflecting inexperience acting for the camera, but that's a minor flaw.

What's up with the sound? I rented the DVD and the sound track is terrible for a film from this period. It's hard to make out some of the dialogue, especially when a character turns away from the camera. I hate having to strain to hear dialogue, especially dialogue by Chekhov! It seems to be a recording problem. The film was shot on what seem to be massive stage sets. This family's provincial home looks roughly the size of the Winter Palace. I'm guessing the cavernous sets swallowed up and muffled the dialogue, resulting in the poor sound quality.

Aside from the deficiencies of the sound (and there's no excuse for such a problem in a production from 1970 -- fire that sound engineer!) it's a great production of a gently funny and bittersweet classic play.


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